News and Notes 297 January 24

NARIC welcomes new NIDILRR director Dr. Robert Jaeger; NIDILRR issues new Request for Information (RFI) on opioid use disorder among people with disabilities; Research in Focus looks at Internet-based training program building parenting skills and reducing behavior challenges in children with TBI; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) releases newest version of its Employment Research Database, featuring research related to the employment of people with disabilities; researcher on Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment was co-convenor of WHO Global Research, Innovation and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit; fellow in Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (RUSK ARRT) Postdoctoral Fellowship to present on her research, Subjective and Objective Fall-Related Factors and Dual-Task Performance in Older Adults, at the 2018 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) to host student research and design competition on Access and AAC; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and Southwest ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Custom AT Solutions for Employment; Social Security Administration (SSA) releases RFI related to improving adult economic outcomes for youth with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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2018-01-24
NARIC news: 

This month we had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Robert Jaeger, PhD, as the new director of NIDILRR. We should say "welcome back" to Dr. Jaeger, as he is both a former NIDILRR program officer and a grantee. His career has included conducting research on functional electrical stimulation and spinal cord injury, leading interagency disability and rehabilitation research efforts, and guiding important programs focusing on veterans health. NARIC Director Mark Odum said, "Bob is an innovator and a strong advocate for research and development that supports independence for people with disabilities, including building capacity within the community. We're very excited to be supporting Bob in his new role as NIDILRR's director. " Learn more about Dr. Jaeger's career in our blog.

Research In Focus:
Brief Internet-Based Parent Training Program May Build Parenting Skills and Reduce Behavior Challenges in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury
This week's Research In Focus looks at one study comparing online training programs for parents of children with traumatic brain injury, and finds that both full-length and brief, targeted programs may help parents understand and manage their child's behavior challenges.

Resource Highlight: 

New Version of the KTER Center's Employment Research Database
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0077) has released the newest version of the Employment Research Database, which features research related to the employment of people with disabilities. Users can sort research by disability type(s), populations, employment characteristics, outcomes measures, and more. New resources are added weekly, with a focus on articles that report on interventions which have demonstrated effective employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Users may also suggest resources to be added.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Request for Information: Opioid Use Disorder Among People with Disabilities
NIDILRR has issued a new Request for Information (RFI) (PDF), seeking input on the incidence of opioid use disorder among people with disabilities. This information will help NIDILRR determine what research might be needed to inform interventions and/or policies to mitigate the effects of opioid use disorder on people with disabilities. Topics of particular interest include opioid use among common subgroups of people with disabilities and their secondary conditions, and/or the effectiveness of existing or adapted treatment strategies for opioid use disorder among people with disabilities. Comments should be submitted via email to sarah.ruiz@acl.hhs.gov. All comments must be submitted by February 20th to be assured consideration.

News items: 

GREAT Summit Brings Global Attention to Assistive Technology
Marcia Scherer, PhD, co-investigator of the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (90DP0006) and a member of the research team on Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment (90DP0062), was co-convenor of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit, held in August 2017 at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Summit brought together nearly 200 stakeholders including expert users, global researchers, innovators, and educators to discuss service provision, research, and education related to assistive technology policy, products, personnel, provision, and use. The GREAT Summit report is now available along with a searchable set of 91 poster snapshots and speaker slides.

NIDILRR ARRT Fellow to Present at Rehabilitation Psychology 2018
Chelsea Schoen, PhD, a fellow in the NIDILRR-funded Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (Rusk ARRT) Postdoctoral Fellowship (90ARHF001), will present on her research, Subjective and Objective Fall-Related Factors and Dual-Task Performance in Older Adults: Implications for Rehabilitation, at the 2018 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference. This research has implications for developing screening tools and intervention strategies that target not only objective, but also subjective, fall-related factors, such as fear of falling. Dr. Schoen's participation in the conference is supported by the 2018 Sunil Sengupta VA Student Research Travel Award, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is the fourth award for fellows participating in the Rusk ARRT.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Custom AT Solutions for Employment
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) and the Southwest ADA Regional Center (90DP0092) will host a webinar, Custom AT Solutions for Employment, January 31st, 3-4:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss when customized assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering solutions are appropriate in employment and how to approach the design process to maximize their successful use. Examples and case studies of low and high tech solutions will also be presented. Participants will be able to ask questions and share their experiences. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

2018 AAC Student Research and Design Competition
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) (90RE5017) is hosting a student research and design competition on the topic of Access and AAC. The competition is open to students from high school through graduate and post-graduate levels in any major who have an interest in the topic. Students can work with faculty on the project, but the submission should clearly reflect the work of the student or student team. The first place student or team award of up to $3,000 will support approved expenses to further the project, including research, development, and dissemination activities such as attendance at the 2018 RESNA Conference. Winning entries may also qualify for the RESNA Student Design Competition. Eligibility and application information are available online. Submissions are due by May 4th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

SSA Seeks Input on Improving Adult Economic Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities Receiving SSI
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has released a Request for Information (RFI) to gather ideas, strategies, and best practices related to improving adult economic outcomes for youth with disabilities aged 14 to 25 receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The input SSA receives will help inform its deliberations about potential policy changes and the design of future demonstration projects for transition-age SSI recipients. Comments may be submitted via fax, mail, or through Regulations.gov. Internet submission is strongly recommended. Comments are due by February 2nd.